___Race Snippets


40th Ronde van Vlaanderen 1956 / Tour of Flanders (Belgium)


By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian





Frenchman Beats Hometown Hero

Hometown hero Fred De Bruyne, who had just won Milan-San Remo, desperately wanted a Flanders win. Riding in a solo breakaway most of the day De Bruyne came into the finishing section with a small and dwindling lead. Rik Van Steenbergen pulled the field to De Bruyne's wheel. Taking full advantage of the Belgian's work Frenchman Jean Forestier jumped and won the sprint for the victory.

Flanders April 2, 1956
238 Km, Gent to Wetteren

1. Jean FORESTIER (Fra) 6h09'00"

2. Stan Ockers (Bel)

3. Leon Van Daele (Bel)

Starters: 122
Finishers: 37
Average Speed: 38.702 km/h



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